Sunday, June 29, 2008
We survived our mission trip to Waveland and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
3 years later and the devestation in still evident on every street, and not every street is up and running.
What another wonderful giving and serving experience.
A house like this on just about every street. That's a FEMA cottage on the right.
Beach front home.
Vaughan on a pier in the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the dearest things was working along side my boys.
Pray for the Bay.
Monday, June 23, 2008
As frustrated as I get I've been saying for a few months now that every house needs a teenage boy around.
They can carry heavy things, crawl into stuffy attics, open spaghetti jars with their bare hands, and yardwork. They can do yardwork.
About a month ago Vaughan and his best friend were asked to lay some sod and other landscape work for a friend of ours.
"The Sod Squad" ~ that's what they called themselves that week.
Now they're the "Post Patrol". They've been hired to help dig holes and you guessed it, put in posts for a fence. The Post Patrol has logged around 24 hours.
The golden part is this: these last few weeks they've been working to make money to pay to go on a mission trip where they will work for free. They're calling it ''WFWin'" pronounced woofin', that's Working For Work; when they return home they'll start workin' for money!
So far they've had 5 other job offers for when they return from their mission trip. Can you say it's my turn to have my meals paid for *smile*
So they've been discovered and somehow I just know that I will see less and less of him.
Why don't they stay little forever?
Hey I'll stay focused on the brighter side, not only is it good to have a teenage boy around, it's good that I have one, right now, who works for me, for FREE!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
"Mom, Somebody Somebody called and said they'd talk to you tomorrow"
"Who's Somebody Somebody?"
"He's a friend of Anybody and relative to Nobody."
Fortunatly Somebody called today and left a message, her real name is Peggy!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I looked over at him and it hit me- he's not a little boy anymore.
I was sure when we left the house he was.
I just know his legs weren't so long and he didn't fill up the seat quite like he did when I glanced his way.
So what surprised you recently? Post it and let me know.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
That sounds bad I know because I try to be thankful each day.
I still write in my old school journal, ya know the one with a pen and paper, what I'm thankful for and I think I'll keep it there.
I do encourage everyone to daily jot down God's goodness in their lives; then refer back to it as often as possible.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
We had 6 events and 30 students showed up, we split them into 5 teams, added a Lifeguard to each team and began with the not-so messy events and ended with the grand finale events of Pasta-a-la-Kitty and Chuck Wagon.
that's a student and a Lifeguard! Lifeguards are our adult leaders- who rock by the way!
In this event each team had to dress 6 hot dogs with ketchup and mustard. Of course we're creative about how they get those condiments on the dog!
This happens to be my son getting made up to be a snowman.
The Pasta-a-la-Kitty tub!
Yet another of our fearless Lifeguards!
This is the only picture of me and one of my children. That's me- the short one and my oldest son with the red shorts- the tall one; and one of my sidekicks still with her pudding filled baseball cap on!
To cool down and rinse off we had an awesome 20 foot by 50 foot slip-n-slide. This picture is 2 of our Lifeguards! Again what an incredible group of people we have investing in the lives of these precious, middle schoolers.
The whole gang!
Triple Yuk "oh"8 Baby!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
7. That my kids have the best dad they could ever ask for
10. My mom and the values she instilled in me the manners she taught me and the way she raised me in general (dysfunctions and all)
We're sleeping in cool air tonight!
After 48 hours + with no a/c I realized a few things:
- The longer one goes without a/c the more the body adjusts to the heat
- 3 fans and 73 degree temps may seem like they equal cool, they don't
- 2 cold showers a day help with the 90 degree heat
- I love a/c- LOVE IT!
Tomorrow is our Triple Yuk Event with the middle schoolers. For a taste I'll give you the game names: Human Hot Dog, World's Worst Hat Head, Something's Fishy, Frosty the Snowman, Pasta A la Kitty, Chuck Wagon and Zit Spit. We have a 20 foot by 50 foot slip-n-slide to
rinse cool off in after!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
After waking this morning we realized I slept better for 2 reasons.
#1 I didn't go to bed until midnight so the room had cooled down and I had too. I actually spent 30-45 minutes laying out on the trampoline last night. It was beautiful out, the breeze was constant and kept me cool and the bugs away. The stars were so clear- it was awesome.
#2 the fan, one of 3 in the room, that sat in the window is on my side of the bed so I had a nice direct breeze blowing on me all night.
Needless to say Steve slept, he was just a little hotter than usual. Not that I don't think he's always a hottie!
The kids moved all their gaming equipment out into the Lego room and set up camp there. Did I mentioned we finished school last week and are in vacation mode right now, well the kids are, I have a FULL week of work this week! The Lego room is not under our main house a/c unit so it has a stand alone unit. That kept them pretty cool. Of course it was the night Vaughan had a friend over! We try to keep things Ghetto-fabulous around here, especially with company over! Don't laugh at the ghetto part- just ask around about pulling out into traffic with our car.
With everything that was in me I wanted to pitch a fit over this whole a/c thing.
I just couldn't do it!
Have you ever had that?
When your flesh wants to behave in a certain way, maybe even your mind too; but the Holy Spirit in you just won't allow it!
That's what I had going on and I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness in my life. That He is always there! Encouraging me and prompting me to go against the flow of my flesh. Lord knows I've become and expert and jumping into the stream and going with the flow; that's what makes this particular event all the sweeter.
2 My help comes from the LORD,
3 He will not let your foot slip—
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
5 The LORD watches over you—
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
If you know my brain you know I'll most likely forget, but here goes:
today my Thankful Five are:
1. my kids and their mouths- specifically that they have never complained about it being hot or that they travel with me to work and often eat a late lunch because of this
2. friends, Rhonda, Amanda, Lisa, who listen and care and give good advice
3. my job and it's flexibility
4. the animals God has placed in my care- they bring me joy!
5. flavored creamer for my coffee
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Steve his dad, step-mom, brother and sister.
We rarely see lizards 'round these parts!
That's where we're at right now. Waiting. Waiting to take the next step, praying about what it should be; waiting.
Waiting. Still. I think about God and the fact that He knows what I'll say before I say it and what my day will hold before one even comes to be. Knowing that and knowing me, perhaps a little ADHD, He still instructs me towait still before Him. I like the King James version because it says "rest in the Lord".
In the Hebrew that word rest means what we think: to be still, rest, silent, wait. The part of the definition that I found most interesting was that it also means: to be dumb, to be astonished, to stop.
Webster defines dumb in many ways but as an adjective the first entry is: lacking the human power of speech.
Hello, let me introduce myself: my name is Michelle and this is my sidekick: my mouth!
After reading that definition I wondered to myself: "Michelle, are you resting, are you being dumb in your rest, or are you so busy in your mind that the physical rest is not giving way to the mental rest, to the rest of your mouth- even when that mouth is speaking to itself in your head?"
We're in a season in life right now where we are waiting on the Lord. We're seeking Him in a few areas: should Steve and I go back to school? Is going back to school and getting the degrees we are wondering about part of fulfilling God's plan for our lives. What will our job situations look like if we go back to school? Will we stay here much longer? Are these decisions what we think would work or is it what the Lord wants?
So we're waiting. Resting.
So today, as I step out into a new day I have a new sense of waiting on the Lord, a new sense of dumbness. A new quiet. A new rest. One that keeps my mouth shut, my ears and heart open.
Monday, June 02, 2008
He went with a friend.
To meet some other friends.
He usually doesn't like to go to the beach,
at least not with mom and bubby.
He said some people from church were going.
When clarified those "people" boiled down to one name.
Darn those "people."
They have long hair and pretty smiles.
They never showed up at the beach, I couldn't help but be happy they didn't.
Somehow, I thought that 5 letter word would cease to exist around here.
I've got teenage boys and g-i-r-l-s are inevitable.
I'm trusting these years ahead to God.
Only through Him will